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What's a Good Poster?

A good poster..

  • Summarizes your work.
  • Conveys a message visually.
  • Is readable from about 4 feet away.
  • Has a clearly discernible organization.

Poster Design Tips

  • Avoid text that is too small (18-24 pt minimum).
  • Use no more than 2-3 font styles in all, and choose fonts that are easy to read.
  • Avoid too much text (no more than 800 words max).
  • Use columns, sections, headings, and blocks of text to organize your content.
  • Choose a title that illustrates what your poster is about. Your title should be at least twice the size of your regular text.
  • Choose colors carefully and pay attention to contrast. If in doubt, dark print on light background is best.
  • Selectively incorporate charts, graphs, photographs, and other graphics that support the theme of your poster.
  • Avoid fuzzy images; make sure all graphics are high-resolution and easily visible.
  • Include your name on your poster and the UNR logo.
  • Edit your poster carefully before the final print-out.

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Recommendation for Best Color Output

For those particularly concerned with exactness of color output, it is important to submit a color-managed file.

To embed a working space in Photoshop or Illustrator:

  1. Open the file.
  2. Click: Edit » Assign Profile.
  3. Choose the appropriate working color management profile for the color space of your file.
    • For RGB files, use "sRGB IEC61966-2.1"
    • For CMYK files, use "U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2"

We do not recommend switching color spaces.

Please note, that if the file was not color-managed from the begining of its creation, or if it was created by an application that does not manage color (such as any Microsoft Office software, like PowerPoint or Publisher) then there is no consistently applicable workflow that can ensure color accuracy, and file-to-print results will be unpredictable